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 What's the deal with "Needhams"?

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What's the deal with "Needhams"? Wed, 06/30/04 12:36 PM (permalink)
So I was in Maine last week, and saw a confection for sale on the grocery store counter. It was in a cute, old-style waxed paper bag, blue and white, and said "Lew Rod's Original Needham". I took the plunge and bought one. It was on the order of a Mounds bar, but the filling was chalkier and much more sweet.

Just wondered if anyone can tell me more about this candy.

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    RE: What's the deal with "Needhams"? Wed, 06/30/04 1:50 PM (permalink)
    This website tells the story of it:

    and here is the recipe:


    2/3 cup mashed potatoes (with no butter or salt)
    2 pounds confectioners sugar
    1 large package coconut

    Mix all and spread onto jelly roll pan. chill. cut into cubes about 2" square.

    Melt 1 large package semi sweet or dark chocolate chips with 1/3 bar baker's wax

    Dip cubes into chocolate and set out on wax paper. Chill.

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      RE: What's the deal with "Needhams"? Wed, 06/30/04 2:50 PM (permalink)
      As both a native New Englander and offspring
      to candy makers in that part of the world, two additional points here.
      If you want your Needhams to look like this...'ll need a double boiler.
      In addition, and while some less-then-Puritanical New Englanders ()
      add peppermint to their Needhams, it is pretty standard to add either two
      teaspoonfuls of vanilla or almond extract to the mix.

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